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Lightning is one of the leading causes of injury and death from weather-related hazards. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms.
Thunderstorms are dangerous weather systems that include lightning and can also produce power winds of more than 50 mph, create hail, and can cause flash flooding and tornadoes.
Last year, in 2018, 20 people in a total of 10 states died from lightning strikes. All of the lightning-strike incidents happened while the individuals were outside. Sixteen were male; four female. The youngest was a 7-year-old boy who was playing under a tree. None of the deaths occurred in Ohio.
Thunderstorms are most likely to develop on spring or summer days, but can occur any time of the year. As the sun heats the air, pockets of warner air start to rise and cumulus clouds form. Continued heating can cause these clouds to grow vertically into towering cumulus clouds, often, the first sign of a developing thunderstorm.
There is no safe place outside when thunderstorms are in the area. If you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of the storm. Just remember: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! Too many people wait too long to go to a safe place when thunderstorms approach.
The best way to protect yourself from lightning is to avoid the threat. You simply do not want to be caught outside during a storm.
If someone is struck by lightning, call 911 and seek immediate medical attention. Lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge and are safe to touch. Knowing first aid measures, which include cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), can help save a life. American Red Cross chapters and local fire departments often offer first aid and CPR classes.
Outside dog houses are not lightning-safe. Dogs that are chained to trees or wire runners can easily fall victim to lightning strikes. Consider bringing your pets inside the home or garage during thunderstorms.
2018 Lightning Fatalities by State- Source: NOAA